Zombies are the quintessential American monster of the twenty-first century, so there’s no more fitting way to celebrate this country’s birthday than with a marathon of The Walking Dead. Thankfully, the generous folks at AMC are turning this year’s Fourth of July weekend into their “Dead, White, and Blue” Weekend, by offering every episode of the network’s smash-hit series for our viewing pleasure, starting on July 4th at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT, and culminating in a brand-new special episode of The Talking Dead, hosted by our own Chris Hardwick, that offers a first look at the show’s hotly anticipated fifth season.
That’s right — The Talking Dead Season 5 Preview Special will bow on Sunday, July 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with two very special guests: showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple and actress Aisha Tyler. Wondering if Rick and the gang will break out of the confinement in which we last saw them in season 4’s finale? Your first clue could be found here.
But that’s not all. Just two days later, on July 8th, AMC will debut the first of two new Walking Dead documentaries: Inside The Walking Dead and Inside The Walking Dead: Walker University. Produced by Big Machine, these docs will feature exclusive interviews with cast and crew as well as new behind-the-scenes footage. Here are the official summaries and broadcast information from AMC:
Inside The Walking Dead – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00pm ET/PT
This one-hour documentary will showcase how this remarkable series is made. The executive producers will discuss the process of mapping out the show and viewers will hear from all of the key production departments – from production design and special effects to costumes and makeup – about their role in crafting the world of The Walking Dead.
Inside The Walking Dead: Walker University –Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00pm ET/PT
AMC’s second doc will follow the journey from extra to walker. Viewers will learn that there is much more to becoming part of the living dead than just make-up, and will get an inside perspective on the choreography, acting and motivation behind each zombie, including a look at what takes place at The Walking Dead’s own Zombie School.
Are you ready for The Walking Dead Season 5? Let us know what you want to see in the The Talking Dead Season 5 Preview Special in the comments below.